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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 104428065 - Western Maryland College

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Region 2


Inspection Nr: 104428065
Report ID: 0352420
Open Date: 08/25/1988

Site Address:
Western Maryland College
College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 09/20/1988

Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing


Close Case:12/19/1988

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 360216014
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Other 890032 G D 10/06/1988 10/09/1988 $0 $0 $0 -  
2. 01002 Other 890032 M C 10/06/1988 10/09/1988 $0 $0 $0 -  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 822445
Event: 08/05/1988
Employees Ill After Exposure To Toxic Gas

An employee of a pool supply company inadvertently filled a 55 gallon tank containing a residue of muriatic acid (hydrochloric acid used as a cleanser), with 28 gallons of sodium hypochlorite (a solution commonly used to remove pool bacteria). This caused a chemical reaction and the resulting gas immediately passed through several buildings. Employees #1 and #2 were treated for asphyxia at Carroll County General Hospital and released the same day.

Keywords:hydrochloric acid, asphyxiated, sodium hypochlorite, gas, chemical reaction, toxic fumes, overexposure, inattention

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104428065 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Guards and police, excluding public service
2 104428065 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors, food preparation & service occupation
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